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Poster: light into ashes Date: Jul 20, 2007 6:57pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: the noisy '68 boys

Thanks for your comments, ghostofpig - '68 is one of my favorite Dead years and 6-14 in particular is my favorite '68 tape. We owe a lot to this taper, there were not enough folks taping back in the dark days of '68.... I wish he could've found some folks to trade reels with, perhaps that other set would not have vanished if it had spread; but it was just too early for a trading scene, I presume! Who knows, there must have been plenty of early tapers who caught otherwise lost shows, took one listen, said "this sounds terrible!" and then buried it away forever....

I have to wonder why, if Bear was taping shows, we have so little from '66-68, and then all of a sudden starting in '69 almost all the shows are in the vault. I've read that 12-31-68 at least was taped over since they didn't like the recording; but maybe there's an explanation somewhere of why there's this big hole in sbd tapes between March & August? (Just judging from the two June and May recordings, there must have been some glorious shows!) It seems absurd that from the fall there's just a couple surviving tapes from each month.

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Poster: Lou Davenport Date: Jul 20, 2007 7:08pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: the noisy '68 boys

I read in Bear's notes to the remastered Bear's Choice:

"After the Dead lost control of the Carousel Ballroom in mid-'68 (it then became Bill Graham's Fillmore West), they asked me to return as soundman."

Others would know more about the details than I, but he presumably left (was let go?) sometime after the Rio Nido show on 9-3-67. I'm guessing he returned sometime like mid August, as that's when the SBDs become more common again. Was he there for the Feb and Mar SBDs, or was that someone else taping them?

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Poster: mickmac Date: Jul 20, 2007 7:37pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: the noisy '68 boys

How true you are. Two shows I've been listening to a lot lately are 8/24/68 with, probably the "primal" Dead at their glorious best on, New Potato Caboose, as captured on Two From the Vault and the much underappreciated night before 8/23/68 with a dropdead Alligator/Caution. And contrary to printed info, not a bit of the 23rd. appeared on Two From the Vault.

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